I'd like to say a special thank you to Kristen, VP of A&M's Counseling Club and Marcey of SuperMarcey.com for helping me out with this article! Kristen's paper on grief helped greatly with dealing with Casey's emotions during the movie. Marcey of course helped keep me on track when this flu really wanted to put me down for the count. No one could ask for two better besties!
I have to admit that even though I am a long time wrestling fan my expectations of the quality for the movie were low despite the fact Halle Berry headed the cast.
As far as hype goes, no one knows how to spin like The McMahon family they pushed up the sales on even the worst of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's movies and i doubt id watch the Marine 3 for less than five figures due to animosity towards the star.
David Otunga even surprised me in his role of Morris Chesnut's patrol partner. The only image I have of him is his wrestling gimmick, an arrogant highly educated attorney who uses his relationship with Jennifer Hudson at every opportunity.
Halle Berry is Jordan a 911 operator in Los Angeles. She is the it girl when it comes to staying calm and focused under the toughest conditions until she makes a safety call back, alerting an intruder to the fact the young girl has not escaped the house.
The next day the young girl is found dead in the desert and her body is nude. Jordan has a melt down and comes off the floor.
Six months later she is on anti-anxiety medicines and training new employees, including an obnoxious jerk who sarcastically asks why she isn't on the floor.
About this time Abigail Breslin's character Casey realizes her friend has accidentally left her prepaid cell when she realized she was late to pick up her brother. This phone her boyfriend bought so her parents couldn't monitor their conversations and how long/often they talked. She absentmindedly slips it in her jeans and calls her mom to check in on her own phone.
This phone would end up being her lifeline when the kidnapper scares her into dropping her phone in the parking garage. Unfortunately it's what cops call a "burner cell" it's hard to track because its not on contract. The closest they can come is pinpointing to the nearest tower which could be up to five miles away.
Jordan has to jump on the phone quickly when the new operator panics. She has to get creative to help the girl survive.
I'm usually desensitized when it comes to movies but after the kidnapper kills two people and the girl goes through all the stages of grief to acceptance I began to cry as she asks Jordan to make sure she delivers her final words to her mom. She thanks her and tells her she was the best mom ever.
Jordan comes to the conclusion she can't sit still even when her boyfriend the cop, played by Chesnut can't find the girl at the old family home.
She listens to the final minutes of the call over and over finally recognizing the sound. She goes up to the mountains to look for her.....
Of course the ending moments of this movie were brilliantly written and made up for the original lowered expectations of a WWE tag promising action but a subpar story.
Writer/Director Brad Anderson writes a climatic ending that fits with the mindset of most parents. Justice is in the eye of the beholder!